My impressions of the WiiU are as follows (though not well written
Pikmin 3, and a £199 price point was the reason I bought a WiiU. I can't help but feel £199 for the pro version is still a little too much (£120 standard, £160 pro will make it seem like a nicer cheaper child friendly console (bundle already on system mario etc). I feel like an early adopter again of the N64, it was a good console, but the drought was strong (for me) in the beginning. I also am not looking forward to many releases, maybe I'll buy Zelda, but I have never been a fan of the series. I could bite for a new Starfox, but Pikmin has always had a place in my heart, so yeah.
Backwards compatibility with Wii games is a big bonus though, a big bonus. Wii has one hell of a library.
I am not a big fan of achievements or trophies, I like them on games I want to sink time into (Halo), and I think Nintendo missed a trick here by not incorporating them. People love the reward, it also does incentivise replayability in censored games.
The controller itself is really actually not that bad. My only complaint is the battery life, 3 hours from fully charged to empty at the moment. My misses liked the fact you can play on it, and use the TV for something else, but we have iPad, laptops etc. Where do you buy a secondary WiiU pad, and does the WiiU support secondary touch pads?
I don't like the menu screen, at all. It's not my cup of tea. I don't care what people are thinking or drawing. The exception here is to the people I follow on twitter.
The games I fancy…
Tekken Tag 2 - Would rather get PS3 version. (will get PS3 version I think).
Zombi U - waiting till Christmas as I will have time then to sink in. (I know it's old, but I will buy new.)
Rayman legends - Think I would rather get PS3 version, but I won't buy on launch. will wait for price drop.
I'm struggling to think of any others.. (of top of my head this is).
In comparison, there are zero games I'm excited about for Xbox and PS3. Oh, Ketsui came out on Ps3 the other day, I'm excited for that.
I packed away my PS3 to make way for the WiiU, but that was a mistake. The PS3 is used so much or Blu Rays that I have to get it unpacked. Shame, this means I'm likely to not use the WiiU once I complete Pikmin for some time. Kind of feeling a Dreamcast PS2DVD scenario again, not that Sega and Nintendo are in a similar situation, at all.
The eShop is empty, compared to the wii. Get those Pc Engine games back on there. I have money to spend on some digital stuff, and no, Earthbound isn't for me. I don't want RPGs, I don't have the time.I want 16bit platformers and shooters. PSN and XBLA don't cater for this all that well either, but I'm a picky mother lover.
Why is the WiiU not region free? It should be, it really should be.I would have bought on launch if it was, in todays market region locking should have no place, it's just unfair (big fan of STGs).
Overall, I like the console. Controller isn't no where near as bad as people make out, but price point is wrong, and the games are few. I would recommend the console to people, but I would also recommend they waited until Christmas/ a price drop + a bundled Mario.